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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Allison and Mike commandeer what type of vehicles?
2. About how long has the Authority been in power?
3. Instead of obeying Della's request with regards to Wili, what does Mike do?
4. Allison says that before the bobbles, mankind was close to achieving what major technological goal?
5. Why do the gangs around the embobbled tenement building help Wili?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Wili decide to trust Mike?
2. How do Wili's abilities compare to Paul's?
3. What important bobbles does Paul say are due to collapse soon?
4. Why does Avery decide to enact Renaissance?
5. How does Wili manipulate Della and Mike while they are at the demonstration of the power generator?
6. Why does Avery believe the Tinkers should be wiped out?
7. How and why do Mike and Wili demonstrate their new bobble generator?
8. Why does Kaladze say Wili should trust Mike?
9. What is Renaissance?
10. Why are Paul and the others stopped on the road to the Authority enclave?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Avery, the leader of the Authority in its base of power, the west coast of the United States, begins the novel as a suspicious but effective leader. As events progress, he slowly looses his grasp on sanity, and it becomes clear he has allowed his obsessions to get the better of him.
1) Discuss Avery as a character and a leader. What are his most important defining traits, what makes him an effective leader, and how did he come to a position of power within the Authority?
2) Describe the obsessions that plague Avery and how he struggles with them. Cite examples of Avery either overcoming or being defeated by these obsessions and describe how these events affect his psyche.
3) Explain Avery's final descent into madness, its causes, and its effects on the final conflict with the Tinkers.
Essay Topic 2
Technology plays an important role throughout the novel. The Authority and the Tinkers have fundamental disagreements about how it should be pursued and employed, and these disagreements lead to the central conflict of the book.
1) Explain the Authority's position on technology and describe some of the technologies it has banned outright and those which it has reserved solely for itself.
2) Describe how the Tinkers interact with technology and how they are able to make significant advances despite their limitations.
3) Discuss the impact that these two competing forces have on the average people in this setting. What technologies are available, and how are they controlled or acquired?
4) Explain why the Authority and the Tinkers come into direct conflict over the issue of technology and how their disagreements shape the overall plot of the novel.
Essay Topic 3
The bioscientists are a group not unlike the Tinkers in their pursuit of knowledge. However, the Authority took issue with them some time before the beginning of the novel, and they have been forced to live underground, sometimes in a literal sense.
1) Describe the bioscientists as an organization, their structure, goals, and capabilities.
2) Discuss the reasons the Authority had for deciding to act against the bioscientists. How were these reasons similar to or different from those that cause them to act against the Tinkers?
3) Compare and contrast the bioscientists and the Tinkers in terms of their respective pursuits of knowledge.
4) The Authority blames the widespread plagues on the bioscientists. Write an assessment of this accusation, using evidence from the book.
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